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Robert V
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Posted: 22 Dec 2010

Hi guys,

please see photo. Can anyone tell me, is the butterfly here sitting next to the caterpillar of the same species?

Ta.

R


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tim-f
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Posted: 06 Jan 2011
Hi Robert,

Was this taken in the UK?

I'm really no expert, but the best I can do for the butterfly is a Common Blue - though the colour is very vibrant, maybe due to the lighting and camera, and the white borders at the edges of the wings are very narrow.

I think the caterpillar is a Large White.

Regards,

Tim.


Robert V
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011

Hello Tim,

thanks for the effort. Yes it was taken in the UK, down south. I think maybe you could have the caterpillar right, but, the Butterfly I think is an Adonis Blue, not a Common Blue. The Common Blue (see here) has a white fringe to its wings and is a lot paler. As you say, the blue in the original is a very deep and striking blue which is what they say about the Adonis, which also has a darker fringe to its wings.

Funny the things you notice as you're sitting waiting for Adders to come out


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Davew
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011

Hi Robert, Sorry but the first image is definitely a Common Blue, they are hugely variable. The second image looks more like an Azure Blue but I'm not totally convinced.

Luv from Dave


Robert V
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011

Definitely Dave, that's a strong old word! But not according to the British Butterfly website, it's nothing like a common blue!

http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/British%20Isles%20thumb s.htm

Nah, ;ooks more like an Adonis Blue to me, and the second one maybe a silver studded blue.

Cheers anyway.

Rob


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Davew
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/index.php

Try here.

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Robert V
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011

Hi Dave,

yes I tried there, Mmmm, no, the site I gave is closer to the pair.

Ah well, least there's no mistaking an Adder.

R


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sussexecology
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Posted: 20 Jan 2011

Hi Robert

Nice pic!

Re the Adnois Blue - how big was the butterfly?

Also - what type of habitat was it photographed in?

Not convinced that it is adnois blue. Looks more like common blue, but you never know!

cheers

Hetty

 


Robert V
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Posted: 26 Jan 2011

Hi Hetty,

The butterfly was about the same size as a Cabbage White, a touch smaller than a Red admiral. They were both in some scrubby marram/sandy grass at the rear of a large sand dune system. The thing is, with a common blue, wouldn't you expect that there would be some veins in black on the wings??

But there were at least three types of blue as well as a tiny small blue. What do you think?

Rob


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